National Visa

18.01.2018 - Article

For long term stay more than 90 days.

Pässe mit verschiedenen Visa
Pässe mit verschiedenen Visa © Colourbox

A national, long-term visa (D-Type Visa) allows you to stay in Germany as a resident and to travel freely within all member states of the Schengen Treaty (including airport transit), while you live in Germany.

1. How and where to apply:

In the UAE, all visa applications are processed and decided upon by the German Consulate General in Dubai.

Applicants wishing to apply for a Long stay visa for Germany Need to contact   VFS Global  http://www.vfsglobal.com/germany/UAE/ for an appointment by sending an E-Mail to Germany.longstay@vfshelpline.com

Once the appointment date is confirmed, the applicant needs to attend in Person with all the required documents for the appointment.

Please check carefully the relevant information and checklists for your type of travel purpose and ensure to submit all requested documents. All documents need to be submitted in 3 sets (1 x Original and 2 x copies) in order to have 2 complete application sets of documents.

Below you will find all relevant information about the different types of long stay visa as well as application forms and leaflets.

2. Application Forms for National Visa (English and Arabic)


3. Requirement Sheets for National Visa

  1. Recognition of foreign qualifications for regulated professions §17a PDF / 425 KB
  2. AuPair PDF / 335 KB
  3. Employment PDF / 337 KB
  4. Family Reunion to SYR Refugee PDF / 408 KB
  5. Family Reunion PDF / 430 KB
  6. Job Seeker PDF / 338 KB
  7. Medical long stay PDF / 405 KB
  8. Self-Employment PDF / 435 KB
  9. Specialty Cooks PDF / 341 KB
  10. Study PDF / 421 KB    

4. Additional Requirements / Information for National Visa

Important Notice:

Please do not send any documents to the visa section- especially not before applying. These documents cannot be kept and / or assigned here. Please always bring complete documents to the interview appointment.

Processing time: 10 to 12 weeks.

National Visa Fees:

Regular visa fees are to paid in UAE Dirham (AED), only exact amount in cash will be accepted. Current exchange rate of the Consulate applies.

National, long-term visa (category D): 75,00 Euro

Children up to 18 years (category D): 37,50 Euro

Please note that depending on your nationality and your passport the visa fees might vary. You will be informed at the counter if that is applicable to you.


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some of your questions might be answered below

Frequently asked questions (National Visa)

For more information, please contact Ms. Mona Osman at the Goethe Institute in Abu Dhabi at the following email-address: studyingermany@goethe.de

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